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From Conor MacNeill <co...@cortexebusiness.com.au>
Subject Re: [PATCH] User defined types and tasks to be loaded before default ones are...
Date Wed, 27 Nov 2002 09:41:38 GMT
Magesh Umasankar wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I am in need of a mechanism to be able to define 
> user defined Tag->Class mappings *before* the
> names of the default types and tasks are mapped.
> I have attached a patch herewith.  Comments?
> 
> Cheers,
> Magesh
> 

Magesh,

I think the reliance on system properties may be a problem. It will not be 
evident from a build file what tasks definitions are in use and therefore 
build files become a bit more mysterious to users. Taking a build file from 
one environment to another is not guaranteed to work and there is no hint in 
the build file itself about what definitions/libraries are missing.

Today, taskdefs are either the standard ant ones or those explicitly defined 
in the buildfile. Even with <antlib> you need to somehow specify which 
libraries are in use even if you can "install" them simply by dropping into 
some known location.

Conor



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